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Funds for Children with Special Needs

Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen, members of the ACM and ACCA Breakthrough Duo/Group of the Year, Old Dominion, join Grammy award winning artist Tim Nichols on the stage of the Mother Church of Country Music for the 19th Annual Hats Off to High Hopes,  along with additional Grammy award winners Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, as well as acclaimed artist Matt Jenkins on November 13, 2016 at 7:30pm to raise awareness and funds for High Hopes Development Center which serves children with special needs and their families. Tickets are on sale now for $29.50, $39.50 and $49.50 at, and the Ryman box office.


The intimate Sunday evening acoustic concert, presented by SunTrust, promises to be a fun-filled evening with several of Country Music’s most prestigious songwriters sharing the stories behind some of the industry’s most popular songs.  Performing artists include the multi-talented Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen of the distinguished band Old Dominion, currently nominated for CMA Best New Artist and Vocal Group of the Year, along with host and tunesmith Tim Nichols, credited for writing “Live Like You Were Dying” and “Heads Carolina, Tails California”.  Also taking the stage will be multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM award winner, Shane McAnally, who has written and produced albums with Kacey Musgraves, Sam Hunt, Old Dominion and more.  Grammy award winning songwriter, Josh Osborne, who wrote Kenny Chesney’s #1 “Come Over” as well as acclaimed artist Matt Jenkins which has written two #1 singles and hits like Keith Urban’s “Cop Car”.  This special evening is proudly brought to you by Butch & Sonia Hoover, The Speer Foundation, De & Jackie Thompson and Yellow Truck Worldwide with the Ryman Auditorium sponsored by Nissan.


Gail Powell, Executive Director at High Hopes Development Center shares, “The Country Music industry in the Greater Nashville area has truly embraced the mission of High Hopes, which was actually started in Nashville 32 years ago by five local families.  We are so thankful for the support and backing of the artists, year-after-year.”  Last year, almost 650 children benefited from over 18,000 physical/occupational/speech/feeding therapies provided by the High Hopes Therapy Clinic and over 123,000 instructional hours provided by the High Hopes Inclusive Preschool.


High Hopes Development Center is a 32-year non-profit organization that loves, nurtures, and educates children with two integrated programs helping each child reach their maximum potential.  Children ages 6 weeks to Pre-K, with and without special needs, are educated together in inclusive preschool classrooms by a team of experienced teachers supporting the individual needs of each child.   High Hopes is the only inclusive preschool in Williamson County with an on-site pediatric therapy clinic, allowing children to receive therapy services during their preschool day. High Hopes is truly unique in the way that children with and without special needs such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other developmental delays play, learn, and grow together every day. The outpatient pediatric therapy clinic provides children from birth to 21 years multiple therapies in one location: occupational, speech, physical, and feeding. High Hopes gives children of all intellectual, physical and mental abilities the equal opportunity to learn and grow together in an environment that provides a strong foundation for lifelong academic and social success.


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